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8 ways to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights


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Watching the Northern Lights is definitely one of life’s bucket list experiences. They aren’t always guaranteed to be seen, so if you do get to experience the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky then you are incredibly lucky.

Think there’s only one way to watch the Aurora Borealis? Then think again.

1. Tour

Let’s start with the most popular and typical way to watch the Northern Lights – booking a tour. Most tours will drive you to a particular destination, often in a quiet and dark area, and then you stand out under the night’s sky looking up and watching in amazement. Just pray the clouds stay away. 

2. Sleeping in a Glass Igloo

What could be better than falling asleep under the stars and the Northern Lights? You can do exactly that in Igloo shaped rooms, with glass ceilings so you have the very best view.

3. Flying past in a plane

Sometimes if you’re lucky the Northern Lights can be caught from the comfort of a window seat on board a flight at night. Seeing the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky whilst flying past: something truly magical.

Here’s something to remember: If you are heading to Iceland make sure you book a seat on the right-hand side on the way out and on the left side for the way back.

4. Cruising at sea

Head out to sea and watch the Northern Lights from a cruise boat. Surrounded by water, you’ll get the experience in a truly relaxing way.

5. Ice Floating in Finnish Lapland

This is a brand-new experience which offers adventurers the chance to see the Northern Lights overhead whilst floating in an icy lake. Submerge yourself in the sub-zero temperatures of the water whilst remaining toasty and dry by wearing a high-quality dry suit.

6. Glamping in the Arctic Circle

Glamourous camping has become ever more popular in recent years - and I can’t think of anywhere better to do it than surrounded by snow under the sky of the Northern Lights.

7. Hunt the Aurora by Mountain Bike

Autumn is definitely a warmer time of year to watch the Northern Lights. Whilst it’s slightly warmer out why not ride mountain bikes under the Aurora sky?

8. Board the Polar Express

Considered one of the most spectacular and romantic ways to see the Northern Lights, from the charm and comfort of a cosy train ride. Unlike most other ways to watch the Northern Lights, this one is bound to keep you very warm and toasty.

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